BOOK REVIEWWriting a book review for a selection that only has a couple dozen pages to it and probably less words than this review, can be difficult, but here goes. God's Great Love for You, by Rick Warren is a children's picture book geared for those ages 4 to 8, but don't be surprised if those younger will take an interest in it or those older will keep it on their bookshelf for years to come.
It is no surprise that Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, has a way with words. Here he proves that he can get his message across about God's love clearly for little ears with just a handful, as this is his second children's book (his first was The Lord's Prayer). However, what makes or breaks a children's picture book is the pictures. Some good intentions have been ruined by choosing the wrong artist. Fortunately, ZonderKidz chose award-winning illustrator, Chris Saunders, to do the job. The pages come alive with a pastel explosion of color and feature a precocious-looking girl wearing a bright red dress and black and white striped stockings. There can be no doubt that her accompanying friend, a white dove, is a reminder of how the Holy Spirit is always by our side. The hardback book will be a real page turner for many kids and parents alike.